When I first started learning from Miss Keely I was young and thought I knew everything about the world because I was fourteen and fourteen year olds are annoying. Through my time learning from her, I not only grew as a woman, but I became more confident in myself through the roles and feedback Keely gave me. Because of her, I grew as an actress, a vocalist, and as a human being because she pushed me just far enough to allow me to grow without becoming too overwhelmed. Keely knew just when to give me challenging pieces that really pushed me and when to give me pieces that reminded me just why I love musical theater. I owe a lot to Keely for teaching me skills I still use to this day.
“My daughter took lessons from Keely for five years, each one better than the last. My daughter went from singing so poorly that everyone in the house begged her to quit to qualifying for regional competitions several years in a row and being awarded a four-year scholarship to study voice in college. Over those five years Keely was not only an excellent voice teacher but also a very skilled guide through the world of adolescent theater. She gives 110% to her students and is well-respected in the voice/theater community in the triangle. She has all of the talent necessary to help young singers reach their full potential.”
At the beginning of this school year I was shy, unconfident, and an overall scaredy cat. I was, of course, not content with this existence so I took my friends advice and started classes with Keely. At the start I was shy and kind of timid around her, but as the year progressed I got to know her more and my fear started to melt away. By Christmas I was pretty comfortable “acting” in front of her and the class. This led to some progression for me outside of class as well because I began to gain some confidence in my abilities. My stutter is almost completely non-existent now, for I used to stutter during class presentations at school, and I can stand up for myself. I am not completely through the transition just yet, but overall this class has helped me find my voice and begin to nurture it.